Saturday, September 12, 2015

Spirit Week for MS & HS

Middle & high school students and staff are invited to participate in spirit week dress up days, Monday - Friday, Sept. 14-18. The daily themes are: 

Monday: Blue and Gold - Show your Voyager Pride
Tuesday: Tropical Tuesday - Show your State Pride w/Aloha Attire
Wednesday: Stars and Stripes - Show your National Pride
Thursday: Try-hard Thursday - Show your Personal Pride w/dress up and be classy for school pictures
Friday: Fall Round-up Friday - Show your Country Pride and wear hats, boots, buckles and bandannas! 
Please note: students not participating in Spirit Week are expected to wear I.S. logo shirts as usual. All students are expected to conform to the I.S. dress code as outlined in the School Handbook. 

There will be a western-themed pep rally on Friday at 2:00 in the Wilcox Gym to recognize our fall KIF athletes. All are welcome to attend.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Cross Country Help needed Sept. 26th

The Voyager Athletic Department is seeking volunteers to assist at our home Cross Country meet on Saturday Sept 26thYour time is needed from 7:30am (Course Marshall Meeting) until 10:30am at the latest 11:00am.  No necessary training or previous experience needed. 

Please email Jen at if you are able to help or if you have questions.

Chillin' in First Grade

Mrs. Cristy spent part of her Labor Day weekend making chillin' scarves for her students to use on these hot and sweaty school days. Cristy, who is an experienced seamstress, has found that her students are much better able to read and focus when they are cooler!

Menu Change Next Tues & Thurs

Mr. Dean has announced the following changes:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 15: Sloppy Joe
  • Thursday, Sept. 17: Frito Pie

Teddy Bears Enjoyed Their Visit to the LRC

Students in K-4 brought Teddy Bears to school this week in honor of National Teddy Bear Day, Sept. 9th. The bears spent their Island School visit gazing at the busy LRC from their comfortable vantage points. Students brought them back home today.

Pirates Welcome in the LRC Week of Sept. 14

In honor of "Talk Like a Pirate Day" (Sept. 19), the week of Sept. 14th
will be Pirate Week in the LRC! Students may bring their pirate gear that does NOT include swords or guns. Eye patches, tall ships, parrots, gold hoop earrings, treasure maps, and anything else piratey is great. Items will be displayed in the LRC for the week and will go home on Friday the 18th.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

MS Tech Visits G.I. Disposal

Middle School Technology students took a tour of Garden Isle Disposal on Thursday to see how they recycle. They also learned a bit about what it takes to run the business as well as some of the problems they face.

Girls Volleyball - a great way to support our Voyagers!

Wednesday was a blast at KIF girls volleyball! Way to go, Voyagers! The girls are playing hard and improving each week. Families and teachers are starting to fill the stands, school spirit is on the rise, and we're making some noise! Many thanks to Traci Sullivan for sending reminders to students and faculty to come cheer for our players. The girls notice administrators and teachers being there, and it makes them feel very proud and supported. Mark your calendars for upcoming games on the school calendar: IS Calendar

Elementary Learn Bus Evacuation Procedure

Thursday, at Morning Circle, elementary students watched a video about bus evacuation. Afterwards, students lined up outside with Mike Goto and bus drivers, Kehau Kaiwi and Alika Luka, to practice exiting the bus safely in case an evacuation is necessary.

Need to Borrow

Island School will be hosting the Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours on Sept. 24th. We need to borrow several buffet display stands (see photos below) for the event. Please contact Alice Pajela ( if you have some to lend. Mahalo.

U.S. Gov. Students Mark Hanapepe Massacre Anniversary

Last Wednesday, September 9, marked the 91st anniversary of the Hanapepe Massacre, which left 16 immigrant plantation workers and four sheriffs dead. Dozens were wounded and over 50 imprisoned for rioting. The deadly clash took place amidst a labor strike by Filipino plantation workers, where the strikers demanded comparable compensation to Chinese and Japanese workers at that time. In 2006, a monument was erected in the county park behind the Hanapepe fire station to honor the lives of the deceased.

Mr. Denny's U.S. Government class studied this event on Sept. 9, plus other controversial and significant labor strikes throughout U.S. history. Students can now better understand the sacrifices of previous generations to earn safe and equitable working conditions.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Student Achievements

Congratulations to Daniel Wu '16, who was named a National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist. As a Semifinalist, Daniel qualified on the basis of his outstanding academic record throughout high school, and was endorsed and recommended by Island School administrators. He wrote and submitted an essay and earned SAT® scores that confirmed his high performance on the PSAT/NMSQT® exam he took as a junior. About 90% of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

Coleman Jonas '16, earned his Eagle Scout ranking from the Boy Scouts of America.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Business After Hours - I.S. Hosts Chamber of Commerce Sept. 24th

Island School's Board of Directors is hosting this month's Chamber of Commerce meeting at 5-7 p.m. in the Frear Center.  Visit their website for more information:

Week of Sept. 7: Mahalo to ♥ ♥ ♥

♥ ♥ ♥ Bill & Sam Suttell for doing wardrobe fittings for the Kahikina Chorus.

♥ ♥ ♥ Monica King for heading up the Parent Association's Gift Wrap fundraiser and also to Heather Beidermann, Kori King and Amy Spindt for helping to prepare the packets.

♥ ♥ ♥  Alice Pajela for making sample pretzel dogs for the 5th grade Fall Round Up food booth and to Krystal Bedwell for her help organizing this.

♥ ♥ ♥  Bradley Pratt and family for a donation to the LRC.

♥ ♥ ♥  the firemen of the Lihu‘e Fire Station who spent the day on Wednesday, teaching CPR and fire safety, including: Keola Keahilalo (Avani's dad - grade1 and Dodd Apao (Kahi's dad - grade 3).

Classified Ads/Community News: Week of Sept. 7

Free Concert

Sunday, September 13 at 5 PM
Kaua‘i Island Singers Showcase presents songs of NIGHT & DAY
10 talented singers, 19 dazzling songs
Hank Curtis on piano, Laine Griffith on sax, flute & clarinet and Cary Valentine on percussion.
At All Saints Church, 1065 Kuhio Highway in Kapa‘a

Sewing Classes

Aunty Eileen's Sewing Adventures - Schedule: Fall, 2015
For Beginner & Intermediate Students (Ages 10 - Adults)
     8 Classes @ 3 hours per class Limit - 8 students per class
     Tuition: $196.00SESSION 1 - TUES. 6-9 pm
For details, visit our blog:
Email: Phone (808) 245-2107
Please email or call for availability

Digital Photo Challenge and Community Dialogue 

For youth in grades 6-12. Photo entrees must answer one of the following questions:
“What would you like to see MORE of on Kaua`i?”
“What would you like to see LESS of on Kaua`i?”

For details, check our blog: and visit

Art Exhibit

Friday, September 18, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Art Kauai 2015 Opening Reception
Exhibition from September 19 - October 30
Kaua‘i Society of Artists Gallery Space, Kukui Grove Center

Kaua‘i Mokihana Festival 2015

September 20 – 26
20th – Hawaiian Church Services
21st – Kauai Composers Contest and Concert, Waimea Theater
22nd – Childrens/Youth Music Competition, KWMCH
22nd – Under the Palms at Wailua, Aston Kauai Resort, Free
23rd – Hawaiian Cultural Event, Kauai Museum, Free
24th – Hula Competition, Solo & Kahiko, Kauai Beach Resort
25th -- Hula Competition, Auana, Kauai Beach Resort
26th – Hula Competition, Solo Auana, Kauai Beach Resort

Robert Cazimero In Concert

September 24, 5:30 pm at the Kaua‘i Museum, Lihu‘e
$100 per person/reservation required/seating limited
Info:  (808) 245-6931

The 17th Annual Kauai Powwow Cultural Festival

September 25, 26, 27
25th – 4:00 – 9:00 pm
26th – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
27th – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Kapa‘a Beach Park
Free Admission

Matsuri Kaua‘i Japanese Cultural Festival

September 26, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Karaoke singers, dancers, martial arts, drumming, kimono kitsuke,
Bento, origami, musubi madness contest, mocha pounding,
Mini bon dance, tea ceremony, bonsai, jorei, flower circle
Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall
Contact:  Pearl Shimizu, (808) 822-5353

PA Survey Emailed

The Parent Association is currently seeking ideas for family bonding and parent support events.  A survey was emailed to all families on Monday.  Please let us know your suggestions and ideas!  If you did not receive the email, click here to complete the short questionnaire. http://

If you'd like to contribute to the programs, events and volunteer efforts of the Parent Association, please consider making a donation  - go to enter the amount you wish to contribute in the Parent Association box. 

Stay in touch, get events information, participate in the parent forum on our facebook page:
facebook lookup: Island School Parent Association - Kauai

Questions? Sam Suttell, President 808-213-5040

(Contributed by your Parent Association)

Monday, September 7, 2015

Gift Wrap Packets This Week!

The Parent Association raised thousands of dollars last year to benefit the students of Island School through the Gift Wrap fundraiser. This year, the sale will kickoff this Tuesday, September 8, and run until September 22. ALL grades (PK-12) are invited to participate.

Like last year, the chick program will be part of the sale this year! Great American Opportunities is teaming up with to help families in need. Every student who turns in three orders by September 22nd will have a chick donated to help a child and family in need. When a chick becomes a chicken, it produces hundreds of protein rich eggs each year. Eggs will provide the essential nutrients these families need.

A couple of volunteers are also needed this WED, THURS and FRI at 7:20 am. in front  of school to hand out keychains and collect Reach Out booklets. Please contact Monica if you are available to help.

Many thanks to Monica King for her hard work in making the fundraiser happen. Also to Heather Beidermann, Kori King and Amy Spindt for helping to prepare the packets.

Students were introduced on Tuesday to the gift wrap sale by the representative from Great American Opportunities.

MS Student Council Elections Friday

Middle School students running for office in Student Council will deliver speeches at morning meeting this Friday, Sept. 11. Elections will follow. On Sept. 15, students will elect their class representatives.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

7th Grade Life Science Students Learn Through Inquiry

7th grade Life Science involves exploration through inquiry. Topics have been scientific skills, the scientific method, and technology contrasted with science intertwined with Cornell Note-taking strategies and the SQR⁴ Reading strategy. These base concepts provide the foundation for science successes for the year. 

Students also have been discussing is the importance of collaboration and safety during labs and activities. On Tuesday August 31st, students worked in groups to complete a lab titled, Living, Non-living, or Dead? Students rotated through 10 stations collecting data and making observations on each specimen based on the characteristics of life. Students justified their answers: does it have cell, use energy, respond to stimuli, reproduce, grow develop or evolve etc? Students followed up the lab with further research, analyzing their results through use of technology and discussion. The lesson ended with even more questions.  

What’s next in Life Science? Taxonomy!

Amber Asuncion, Avalon O'Guin and Maile Fernandez make scientific observations.
Tiago Morgado, Kainoa Merano write their observations.

Kaua‘i Marathon Draws I.S. Runners

Several I.S. students had a blast on Saturday at the annual Kaua‘i Marathon Keiki Run. (Thanks for the photo, Robin Pratt!)
L-R: (back row) Olivia McSweeny, Jaden DeSouza, Naia Edwards, James Pratt, Lucas McSweeny, Kala Edwards, Lili DeSouza, Bradley PrattDeclan Meyers, Kiara Nishimura, Maddie Halladay, Lea Meyers, Kala Kaiminaauao,
Jaden DeSouza and James Pratt with a friendly chicken (3X Kaua‘i Marathon winner, Tyler McCandless) at the race.
Rosie Alfiler ran her first half-marathon on Sunday! Rose is pictured here with Miss Shantelle.